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I tend to under-use workflow automations like Shortcuts, for fear that some update will break them and my workflow. Finally, I built a couple simple Shortcuts. I like them! But within a couple days, they broke. Apparently this is a known iOS 14.3 bug. 😣 At least I tried?

Although @calendly@twitter.com is quite useful for finding good meeting times, some folks just don’t like receiving a “book a time here” link. Solution: offer one time that would work for you, and the calendar link as a backup. More personal, and people seem to like it.

Every time you install a Steam game, it asks whether you want to create a “start menu shortcut”. Macs do not have a Start Menu.

Valve has no management structure, so it’s nobody’s job to fix this bug. It’s now been there 11 years. It annoyed me at first, but now? It’s kinda cute

Of course, many days we transcend this. We realize our potential for invention, beauty, connection, resilience.

Other days we’re just a bunch of poop tubes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal#B

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Most animals, from trilobites to humans, are bilaterals. According to Wikipedia, this is “an idealized bilaterian body plan”.

Yup, that’s me

The least bad solutions I’ve found so far are:

1. Manually sending all interesting longer articles to Instapaper and juggling over to reading them there, or
2. Rigging up a script to auto send every item from every long form feed to Instapaper instead

Both are not great.

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Does this exist?

1. An RSS reader
2. Where I can start reading a long article
3. Then get interrupted by a baby/kid/life
4. Later, pick up the article in the same position on another device

Every reader I’ve seen has no concept of “is being read”, let alone scroll position.

We're looking for another mobile developer to join our team at Steamclock. This role will initially focus on Android, but will have a lot of opportunities to work on other platforms as well, including iOS and the web. Come help us build awesome apps. 🌈

steamclock.com/careers/android

My daughter (4) and I love playing Switch games together. I’ll control and narrate, and she’ll propose what we should do next. Sandbox and exploration games work great.

This week’s hit: A Short Hike. Wholesome and charming. ashorthike.com/

Addendum to this essay: “subtly gendered” words are another interesting category. Words like bossy, sassy, or feisty are mostly used to describe women and children, and it’s worth thinking about why. One attempt at cataloguing these here: sacraparental.com/2016/05/14/e

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Two Birds, One Scone: On why evolving our vocabulary – not just the words we know, but the the words we choose – is worth the work.

allenpike.com/2020/two-birds-o

Salesforce acquiring Slack feels like another “End of the Beginning” moment. Startups used to overturn established tech giants on a regular basis. Increasingly that just isn’t happening anymore – or at least, not often. A new era is upon us. allenpike.com/2020/beginning

I was able to find fixes for the roadblocks pretty quickly because I understand the moving parts – the final one being github.com/facebook/create-rea – but a newbie would have been stuck. It pains me that most web toolchains’ intro docs still lead to esoteric errors for most new users.

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Docs: “If you’re learning React or creating a new single-page app, use Create React App, a comfortable environment”

Me: seems pretty sus

*follows steps to make a React TypeScript app*

Terminal: *permission errors, language version incompatibilities, barfs, combusts*

Me: oh

We’ve been hearing about developers getting nastygrams about fonts that are still in their app bundle but are no longer actively used, or where they had a license but not the right one. Now is a good time to double-check exactly what you’re shipping, and what licenses you have.

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Recently font foundries have started using crawlers to determine what font files are embedded in published apps, and check if those developers have active licenses for app embedding those fonts. These are different, often more expensive licenses than the ones for web embedding.

Is PATRIOT CARE just the same socialist system every other country has? No, it’s better! Matthew 10:8 tells us to heal the sick, and freely give. So we’re not going to raise your taxes, we’re just going to print the money you need – because the US dollar should work for you. 🇺🇸

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American workers deserve freedom from unfair hospital bills! Don’t fall for the schemes of foreign drug megacorps. Punch pre-existing conditions in the face! PATRIOT CARE is way better than Obamacare. You get the same healthcare that your politicans get. It’s your right! 🦅

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So 70% of Americans like the idea of Medicare for all, but Democrats suck at branding so instead of the country just coming together to treat people, congress is still arguing about “Obamacare” and now folks are talking about “Bidencare”?

Stop. New plan. PATRIOT CARE.

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